News 666 views update:Aug 8, 2011

Vion restructuring plans threatens poultry jobs in Scotland

VION UK's Poultry Business Unit has announced that it is proposing to re-structure operations at its poultry processing plant at Coupar Angus, which may potentially result in 115 redundancies.

Following its acquisition by VION, a number of measures have been taken to build a sustainable and profitable business at the site. This has included an increased focus on our Scottish provenance with our customer base, and a multi-million pound investment including new and more efficient equipment.

This, together with the commitment of the workforce, has seen employment at the plant grow from less than 600 people in August 2009, to more than 1,100 today, said the company in a recent statement.

However, the business operates in an increasingly competitive environment and the trading outlook for the business remains challenging. This has been further compounded by feed, fuel and energy prices rising to record levels, and despite our best efforts to recover these costs, it has been difficult to do so given the competition in the marketplace.

Unfortunately the site continues to operate at a loss, and the business needs to take immediate action to ensure the long-term viability of the operation, the statement continued. 

Andrew Fisher, Operations Director of the Poultry BU said: “We regret the need for these proposed changes in our activities, and we have informed our employees of our commitment to consult with them and their trade union. We are committed to the consultation process being as productive as possible, and we will be looking for every opportunity to minimise job losses.  The business will be listening to, and investigating all alternative proposals, and will take every step to support all employees during this difficult period.”

Editor WorldPoultry

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